The knock on staying on Oahu versus Maui is the "touristy" feel of the Honolulu area. I agree that Waikiki is way too touristy to be there all of the time. In fact, if I had to stay in Waikiki, I would not enjoy Oahu at all.
Thankfully, The Kahala solves the problem. It is located in a high-end, residential neighborhood and when you are at The Kahala, you do not know there's anyone else in the world. It is private, safe, and has everything you need right there. Yet, you can be in the center of Waikiki or Honolulu in 10 minutes to enjoy the very nice restaurants and shopping in those areas.
The Kahala is 50 years old so it's not like staying at a place like Aria in Las Vegas. To follow the Vegas analogy, though, it's very much like staying at Paris in Las Vegas. It's clean and it's quaint. It reminds me of what the resort from the original Dirty Dancing movie is like, but the beach version, in that it's the kind of place that you want to go back to over and over again because it feels like "home".
Expect to see a wedding on the grounds everyday you are there, because it really happens. Apparently, it's a big wedding destination for Japan. The dolphins and fish are beautiful and add to the flavor of the place. The staff calls you by name, and the views can't be beat.
The beach is so peaceful because there is a reef about 50 yards out that stops the waves from breaking on the beach. You can see the waves, but the water in front of you is as still as a pond.
Don't leave this place without renting a cabana and getting the chance to raise your flag. You will have a cold beverage in your hand in your cabana 5 minutes later. Seriously, this alone is worth the price of admission.
In summary, my wife and I love this place and wish we could just live there. Because of The Kahala, we love Oahu, and have be all over that island as a result. Don't be mislead into thinking all of the beauty of Hawaii is on the other islands. There's not a more scenic place in the world than Makapuu Park on the southeast coast or Ke'ena Park on the northwest coast, and I could sit on the North Shore and watch the waves forever.
If I were smart, I would give The Kahala an awful review so that demand does not drive up its prices, but if you have a chance to go to Hawaii and stay at The Kahala, you will never forget it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort is Hawaii's reigning luxury resort, set on a secluded beach just ten minutes from the world class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki. This legendary hideaway resort in Honolulu's plush Kahala district is a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities. From the moment you arrive, you will know that you are truly somewhere special. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Kahala Hotel Honolulu
- The Kahala Hotel And Resort
- Kahala Resort Honolulu
- Kahala Hotel Honolulu
- Mandarin Oriental Oahu
- Kahala Hotel & Resort
- Kahala Mandarin Oriental
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort Hawaii/Honolulu